Winning a Major title is a special moment for every player, the one that makes your season a remarkable one, regardless of the other results. In 14 of the previous 16 years, Rafael Nadal has been lifting at least one Major crown over the season, extending his greatness over and over again and joining Roger Federer on 20 Major trophies on Sunday in Paris.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Rafa didn’t have a chance to compete at his beloved events in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona or Madrid, spending six months at his island of Mallorca with family and not even hitting the ball for two months.
After winning the title in Acapulco at the end of February, Nadal had to wait until mid-September to hit the court again, skipping Cincinnati and the US Open and returning in Rome. Rafa lost in the quarter-final to Diego Schwartzman, went back home and worked hard on his game ahead of Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal is yet to decide will he play the ATP Finals or skip rest of the year.
It was Nadal’s 16th trip to Paris and the most challenging one, experiencing cold and rainy weather, new Wilson balls and a roof over Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Despite all that and the lack of form, Nadal showed his greatness once again on the slowest surface, winning the 13th Roland Garros crown without dropping a set and setting many records that will stay for good. Nadal defeated Diego Schwartzman in the semis to avenge that Rome loss, facing Novak Djokovic in the title clash and scoring a commanding 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 win in two hours and 41 minutes.
Thrilled with the outcome, Nadal headed home and will take a couple of days off before deciding about the future steps. At the moment, he can’t think about the ATP Finals or any other event, saying he could play in London or skip the rest of the year and focus on the Australian Open, with the required 14-day quarantine down under in December.
“I don’t know my calendar for the rest of the season. I can’t say if I will play again in 2020. I haven’t made up my mind, so I’m not sure if I’m going to stick to the regular schedule or if I stop playing until next year.
It’s something I have to decide. It’s just a conversation I need to have with my family and my team about the ATP Finals and other events, especially over the next few days. I need to calm down, analyze the situation, and take the following steps.
In terms of Australia, we have 14 days of quarantine before the tournament start. The current situation requires to be smart and make the right decisions every single time. These days, I was thinking about Roland Garros, and will focus on my plans in the following days,” Rafael Nadal said.